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With the Crystal Growing Chemistry Laboratory Kit, introduce the concepts of saturation and crystal structure. Students grow crystals of alum, chrome alum, cupric sulfate and more, each with its own distinct color and shape.

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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend! Stimulate student interest by growing 15 colorful “jewels” in your laboratory! In this hands-on activity, students will grow crystals of alum, chrome alum, copper sulfate and nickel sulfate—each with its own distinct color and shape. Each crystal is grown from a single seed crystal in a supersaturated solution. Watch students take ownership of their crystal and nurture it as it grows over a period of several weeks. This activity is a great way to introduce the concepts of saturation, supersaturation and crystal structure. Includes thread, index cards, instructions and enough chemical starting material to grow three of each crystal mentioned, for a total of 15 crystals.

Complete for 30 students working in pairs. Fifteen glass jars for growing crystals are required and available separately.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Aluminum potassium sulfate, 200 g
Chromium potassium sulfate, 60 g
Copper(II) sulfate, 255 g
Nickel sulfate, 500 g
Index card, single-ruled, 3" x 5", 15
Thread, polyester, white, 12 yd

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Analyzing and interpreting data

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
MS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
MS-PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Energy and matter
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-4: Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.
MS-PS1-2: Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
MS-PS1-6: Undertake a design project to construct, test, and modify a device that either releases or absorbs thermal energy by chemical processes.
MS-ETS1-3: Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
HS-PS1-5: Apply scientific principles and evidence to provide an explanation about the effects of changing the temperature or concentration of the reacting particles on the rate at which a reaction occurs.